Arthur was born in 1880 in Cambridge.  He was the fifth of ten children born to John Shrive (1846-1909), and Mary Ann Shrive (née Denson) (1847-1941).  He was the older brother of Hilda Margaret Shrive (1884-1885).  By 1901 Arthur was still living at home at 3 Peas Hill, Cambridge but he was working as a basket maker like his father.  In 1911 he was living with his married sister, Rosetta Adelaide Dimock (née Shrive) and her family in Stretham, Cambridgeshire.  During the war he enlisted at Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk, as Private 7939, Cambridgeshire Regiment.  At some point he transferred to become Private 329333, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  He married  Cassie Constance Herbert Laws (1886-1985) in 1916 in Cambridge.  He was killed in action in Polygon Wood, near Ypres, in northern France, on 26 September 1917.  Arthur was commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.  He was also commemorated in Cambridge on this family grave, on the Short Street Wesleyan War Memorial and on the Cambridge Guildhall War Memorial.


Death of Well-Known Cambridge Tradesman.

Mrs. A. Shrive of Guest-road, Cambridge, has received news from the Commanding Officer in France that her husband, Pte. Arthur Shrive, Cambs. Regiment, was killed in action on Wednesday, September 26th.  Pte. Shrive previous to joining up carried on the business of basket-maker, etc., on Peas-hill.  He was a prominent member of the Wesleyan community, and a Sunday School worker at the Wesley Church.

Cambridge Daily News, Friday, 5 October 1917

Shrive grave
Shrive monument


Lat Lon : 52.201674 0.13739718 – click here for location

Parish : Holy Trinity

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By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook


Arthur Edward Shrive